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Be Extraordinary! Mobile Micro-volunteering

Posted on | August 9, 2009 | 1 Comment

‘Micro-volunteering’ is a new mobile arena being pioneered by The Extraordinaries, among others. In this podcast, I speak with Jacob Colker, CEO and co-founder of the start-up company, about how volunteers can donate small amounts of time to help non-profits with tasks like tagging images, checking addresses, or translating text through their web-enabled phones. Along the way Jacob comes up with some great ideas of how museums can use mobile apps to reinforce its role as a platform, connecting visitors in the galleries to people around the world. Noting that mobile is about ‘real-time’ interaction, he also discusses the future of ‘traditional’ cellphone uses, like voice calls and SMS, predicting the obsolescence of the latter – in the US anyway – within the next 5 years. We give a shout-out for the Steve.Museum social tagging project, and each get in a little call for museums to ‘let go’ and put at least as much energy into figuring out how to make innovations work as we currently invest in nay-saying. ;-)

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One Response to “Be Extraordinary! Mobile Micro-volunteering”

  1. Corina Mihaela Paraschiv
    November 17th, 2010 @ 5:39 pm

    That’s great inspiration Nancy! I work with a non-for-profit organization called Rotary in a new, pilot e-club, where the organization’s trying to test whether we can really have an impact in humanitarian and community projects even if we’re all located in different countries and only work online. I like the idea of putting our time towards museums. What kind of things can you be doing for museums? (I briefly heard about the Brooklyn tagging and the V&A cataloguing project but that’s kind of it…) Do you have ideas of the kind of cool things we could help out with in the museum world? (we’re all young professionals in our 20-30)

    [By the by: The micro-volunteering website looks neat but I am a bit reluctant to get into it not really knowing how it works and it looks like you have to sign up to get more info]

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